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thDarkKnight #1 Posted Jul 26 2020 - 23:56

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Howdy! Am an average joe in WoT and unlocked the 279 yesterday, feeling immensely proud and happy about it after months of frustration!

 

Average not only means that stats are average, but also that I very rarely fire gold in randoms, ranked, advances, skirmishes et al and use standard repair and med kit (no food or directives), except auto extinguisher, which is not commonly needed so the expense is worth the benefit (reduced chance of fire too, not just the automatic extinguishing). The two occasions of exceptions are that during the clan wars campaigns I fired a lot of gold and used expensive consumables including food and directives, and that helped get a Chieftain in February and 907 this month; and for the missions in this 279 campaign that were limited by the number of battles to fulfill (like getting 30k damage within 10 battles). Did not use gold or expensive consumables for Chimera, Excalibur, 260, T-55 etc missions, cause they could be done just by attempting again instead of spending credits to strive for fewer attempts (did test my patience sometimes!). Spent a bunch of credits in buying and trying tech tree tier 8 and 9 tanks for missions (Is-3, 110, Wz132, Pershing, T32, T69, LHMTV, Fv3805, 212A, etc).

 

The main reason I choose to use standard setups is so I can play my favorite tier, which is 10, without worrying about credit loss. I've spent a bit of money on the game during the lootbox events, which has yielded considerable premium time, which along with the standard setups and occasional credit boosters keeps running tier 10s afloat with minor credit profits on average. I do enjoy a lot of tier 8 premiums and play them, especially before clan wars seasons, but mainly, I stick to 10s. The bunch of gold yielded by lootboxes (especially the repeated premiums) gets spent on free xp conversion during 40 xp per gold discount (no accelerated crew training on any tank) and used to unlock more tier 10s.

 

Any way, here's the journey to 279 broken down, let me know if you have any questions!

 

Chimera #15 missions:

Union: v4 with honors

Bloc: Jageroo with honors. Fired HE till condition of damaging 6 different enemies was fulfilled; stayed behind cover but close to groups of enemies, popped in to fire without aiming for weakspots, usually retreated before getting hit or often bounced cause armor was angled while withdrawing when they shot back.

Alliance: Badger without honors. Couldn't get an order out of this one, got 6.5k couple of times with Badger but either didn't get 5 kills or lost the battle.

Coalition: Ebr 105 with honors.

 

These along with completing the Excalibur #15 with honors yielded 7 orders, so decided to do 2 lines on the 279 and have 1 extra order to skip a mission in one of them. Tried all 4 lines, completed 4 missions in Bloc and 5 in Coalition, but the Union and Alliance lines came more easily, so continued putting more effort on them. Encounter and Assault modes were kept unchecked, may or may not be a good strategy, just thought I'd get 5 more minutes to get missions done. For all the missions where arty was used, Himmelsdorf and Minsk maps were blocked. For all the missions where avoiding getting hit by enemy arty was required (hull down tanks to collect damage), Prokhorovka and Malinovka were blocked. Breakdown:

 

Union:

  1. T-100lt
  2. 261
  3. Lt-432
  4. v4
  5. v4
  6. Lt-432
  7. v4 firing HE
  8. v4
  9. Lt-432
  10. v4 with honors
  11. Lt-432
  12. T-100lt
  13. skipped with order, closest attempt was with Lt-432. Found this to be the most difficult mission.
  14. 212A with stock gun with honors
  15. Is-3 with quite a bit of gold. 3 1st classes in 9ish battles, that's all I needed. Quite sure that tank can get it with honors rather easily with full gold loadout, big consumables and directives.

 

Bloc (incomplete):
3: Stb-1
6: Stb-1
11: Stb-1
12: Type 5
15: skipped with 3 orders

 

Alliance:

  1. Chimera
  2. Badger
  3. T92 (the tier 8 prem light tank, not arty), found this to be the 2nd most difficult mission after Union 13. After many attempts, got a lucky break on Prokhorovka with assisting in killing 8 in a single battle to help get the 20 total in 10 battles, ended up getting 25 thanks to that one good battle. Manticore came close too at 17.
  4. S Conq (worked better than Chieftain in dealing damage consistently while perma-tracking and having more hull armor and hp to trade later in a battle). Me being an average player found this the 3rd most difficult mission, took a lot of focus and quite a bit of gold ammo.
  5. Fv3805 with stock gun with honors
  6. Senlac
  7. E3 with honors. Rolled with spall liner to not only reduce HE damage to stay alive longer to bounce more, but also reduce chance of driver dying which reduces ability to wiggle and shrug off attempts at weakpoints, and toolbox for faster track repair.
  8. 183 firing gold. My typical standard loadout [edited]felt more cringe about credits bleeding doing this mission than any other one.
  9. Fv3805 with stock gun
  10. Fv3805 with honors
  11. Fv3805 with honors
  12. E3 with honors, same setup as #7
  13. Chrysler
  14. Fv3805 with honors
  15. Pershing, same as with Is-3 for Union 15, with quite a bit of gold and got 3 1st classes in 9ish battles, and also like Is-3, this tank can get it with honors quite easily with full gold and big consumables loadout.

 

Coalition (incomplete):
1: 30b
5: Kran
9: Lorr 155 51
12: Ebr 105 with honors
13: Lorr 155 51 with honors
15: skipped with 3 orders

 

Played just 1 battle with the 279 so far, and I agree it's a broken tank. 3.5k damage and 5 kills with my typical standard loadout. The only real weakness seems to be the ammo rack, broke twice just from arty's hits.

Thanks for reading and have a great day! :)

 



BigDollarBillz #2 Posted Jul 27 2020 - 03:09

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Congrats on getting the 279. Heck I'll never get that tank. Since having a stroke in November I have became the worse player in the game.

ArmorStorm #3 Posted Jul 27 2020 - 03:13

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You are NOT an average joe player though.  Average players are around a 4500-5500 PR and don’t have the Chieftain as an option.  Congratulations on the tank though.  I won’t likely be getting one, even Chimera is a stretch. 

The_Pink_Panther #4 Posted Jul 27 2020 - 03:42

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That's all we need is another OP tank that isn't allowed in Ranked and such because it's acknowledged as being OP but they allow it to ruin the so called Randoms.  Those types of tanks and we know which ones they are should only be allowed for use in clan wars and ranked and that is it.  Why should the average player suffer when special modes don't have to?

__WarChild__ #5 Posted Jul 27 2020 - 04:05

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I thought that when I received the 279(e) I would play a lot more Tier X and play that tank at least once a day (like I do my Pak40).  I was wrong.  It did not solve all my WoT issues, but it is pretty sweet in a Tier VIII game.

 

Just saying...

 

:amazed:

 

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thDarkKnight #6 Posted Jul 27 2020 - 09:22

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View PostBigDollarBillz, on Jul 26 2020 - 20:09, said:

Congrats on getting the 279. Heck I'll never get that tank. Since having a stroke in November I have became the worse player in the game.

Thanks! Sorry to hear about your stroke, hope you're doing okay now. It's just another tank, they'll put some other ones out later that will overshadow it eventually. :) 

 

 

View PostArmorStorm, on Jul 26 2020 - 20:13, said:

You are NOT an average joe player though.  Average players are around a 4500-5500 PR and don’t have the Chieftain as an option.  Congratulations on the tank though.  I won’t likely be getting one, even Chimera is a stretch. 

Thanks! FWIW, doing the 260 missions last year and 279 missions this year increased my PR by 1k within a year, because of all the focused playing and learning a hell lot about how to play different types of tanks, quite sure it will help most players a lot to just try the missions! The chieftain is a very good tank, but I didn't get any mission using it, the only reward tanks that helped me finish missions were Chimera and 183 for one mission each, you'd get Chimera any way before you start doing 279 and 4005 can do that critical hits mission just as well as 183. 

 

 

View PostThe_Pink_Panther, on Jul 26 2020 - 20:42, said:

That's all we need is another OP tank that isn't allowed in Ranked and such because it's acknowledged as being OP but they allow it to ruin the so called Randoms.  Those types of tanks and we know which ones they are should only be allowed for use in clan wars and ranked and that is it.  Why should the average player suffer when special modes don't have to?

Not sure why you're worrying about that unless you have multiple accounts, cause on this account you have just 87 battles and maximum tier 6. I completely agree with WG's decision to disallow reward tanks from ranked, because that makes it a bit more fairly accessible to everyone. However, isn't it fair to allow people who work hard to get a 279 to let them play it in randoms at least? 

 

 

View Post__WarChild__, on Jul 26 2020 - 21:05, said:

I thought that when I received the 279(e) I would play a lot more Tier X and play that tank at least once a day (like I do my Pak40).  I was wrong.  It did not solve all my WoT issues, but it is pretty sweet in a Tier VIII game.

 

Just saying...

 

:amazed:

 

__WarChild__

Haha, I know what you mean! For me it was just the personal satisfaction of having gotten it, that and I like weirdly-tracked tanks like 279 and AE Phase 1. 

 


Edited by thDarkKnight, Jul 27 2020 - 09:24.





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